At this rate, the New York Yankees will win 125 games and the Boston Red Sox will win 111. Then again, those projections might be a little low.
The two teams with the best records in the AL both won again Sunday, relying on pitching for road victories. Ramiro Mendoza led the Yankees past Minnesota 7-0, while Tim Wakefield led the Red Sox over Kansas City 3-1."He was into it mentally, especially the last three innings," Yankees manager Joe Torre said after Mendoza - the team's No. 5 starter - pitched a five-hitter for his first career shutout. "He was like a locomotive."
The Yankees won for the 23rd time in 26 games and finished a 7-1 road trip. They have not lost two in a row since the first week of the season and lead the majors with a 24-7 record.
The Red Sox have won 20 of 26 and improved to 24-11.
The clubs get their first look at each other soon enough. They'll play seven times in 10 days, starting May 22 at Fenway Park and then meet at Yankee Stadium the following weekend.
Mendoza (2-1), whose spot in the rotation seemed in jeopardy recently with the success Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez was having in the minors, walked none and struck out two.
RANGERS 5, INDIANS 3: Texas' John Burkett retired the first 20 batters, losing his bid for a perfect game with two outs in the seventh inning when Manny Ramirez grounded a double down the third-base line.
Burkett (3-4) began the night in Texas with an 8.03 ERA, but came close to pitching only the 13th perfect game in modern history. The last perfect game was thrown by a Ranger, Kenny Rogers, in 1994.
MARINERS 3, BLUE JAYS 1: Ken Griffey Jr. hit his major league-leading 15th home run and Jeff Fassero, with clutch relief from Mike Timlin, pitched host Seattle past Toronto.
WHITE SOX 4, ATHLETICS 3: Blake Stein, acquired last July as part of the trade that sent Mark McGwire to St. Louis, made a neat major league debut for Oakland by pitching seven strong innings against visiting Chicago.
DEVIL RAYS 4, ORIOLES 3: Tampa Bay got rare home run power from Quinton McCracken, Wade Boggs and Kevin Stocker to beat Baltimore and end an eight-game home losing streak.
ANGELS 4, TIGERS 2: Ken Hill tied for the AL lead with his sixth win and Cecil Fielder hit a two-run double for Anaheim.